Special Monday Morning Tape – #80

Fergus & Geronimopowerful lovin’
(taken from their 2011 release Unlearn)
Swamp Babyseeing stars
(taken from their 2010 release All Fours)
Young Galaxycover your tracks
(taken from their 2011 release Shapeshifting)
Buffalo Tomarise, watch
(taken from their 2011 release Skins)
Maseratiwe got the system to fight the system
(taken from their 2010 release Pyramid Of The Sun)
Mount Molelittle eyes
(taken from his 2010 release MMX)
Y La Bambanovember
(taken from their 2010 release Lupon)
Matthew Carefullyspace nurses
(taken from his 2010 release Community Balloon)
The Cave Singersswim club
(taken from their 2011 release No Witch)
Violensviolent sensation descends
(taken from their 2010 release Amoral)
Lucky Soula coming of age
(taken from their 2010 release A Coming Of Age)
Eric & Magilli heart trumpets
(taken from their 2010 release All Those I Know)

THE INK WELL /// FUTURE ISLANDS

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #79

Ike Snopesproper view
(taken from his 2010 release Troubled Guest)
East River Pipecold ground
(taken from their 2011 release We Live In Rented Rooms)
La Femmesur la planche
(taken from their 2010 release La Femme EP)
Galleriesrocket science
(taken from their 2010 release Rocket Science EP)
Tanlineso seizing the day o (feat. luke jenner)
(taken from their 2010 release Volume On)
MillionYoungperfect eyes
(taken from their 2011 release Replicants)
Tristezaraise your gaze
(taken from their 2010 release Paisajes)
The Limiñanasfuneral baby
(taken from their 2010 release The Limiñanas)
Sleeping In The Avaryyou don’t have to drive
(taken from their 2010 release Great Vacation!)
Stornowayfuel up
(taken from their 2010 release Beachcomber’s Windowsill)
Seaponylate summer
(taken from their 2010 release Dreaming 7″)
Surf Citycrazy rulers of the world
(taken from their 2010 release Kudos)
The Savings and Loanswallows
(taken from their 2010 release Today I Need Light)

How To Dress Well: Date of Birth from Ezra Ewen

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Mini-Beats – November 2010 – Edition 31

Dax RiggsSay Goodnight To The World (2010, Fat Possum) ♥♥½
-Dax’s progressive (?) journey to his latest solo album has much in common with Jay Reatard’s path, having started out fronting thrash metal band Acid Bath and currently channeling that energy in a more subdued, bluesy folk manner-
KarkwaLes chemins de verre (2010, Audiogram) ♥♥♥½
Karkwa’s 4th proper full-length ended up winning them Canada’s esteemed Polaris Prize in 2010 but it came and went without a peep as this falls on the French-Canadian side of their musical spectrum, meaning the lyrics are all sung in French; nevertheless this is a beautiful and diverse, indie-pop record that is held back only by the fact I have no idea what they’re singing about…-
Darren HanlonI Will Love You At All (2010, Yep Roc) ♥♥♥
-can’t say I’ve ever been more than a mild fan of Darren’s story-telling, mang-and-a-guitar style but this ended up being a palatable group of charming tunes with the occasional sign of depth and diversity – see the barrage of drums that magically appear in ‘Houses’…more of this next time, plz-
FopsYeth Yeth Yeth (2010, Monotreme) ♥♥½
-a side project featuring the vocalist from Thee More Shallows; memorable moments are a bit sparse here, meandering electronic indie rock that reminded me of Paper Chase without all the excess energy-
A Sunny Day In GlasgowAutumn, Again (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-this displays the qualities and sounds of its predecessor but lacks the musical footprint Ashes Grammar left behind in 2009; regardless, there is much joy to be gleaned from this as well as a chuckle (if you dissect the song titles); available as a free download or burgundy colored 12″ here
Belle and SebastianWrite About Love (2010, Matador) ♥♥♥
-this is back to basics for B&S as it breaks free from recent brushes with superstardom and instead finds itself heavily steeped in 70’s radio and, of course, indie/twee-pop cliches; sure to please old fans-
Dark Dark DarkWild Go (2010, Supply and Demand Music) ♥♥♥½
-gothic folk centered around piano and accordion and Nona Marie Invie’s powerful, trance-inducing vocals; RIYL Zola Jesus
Michael ParallaxMountain (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-an epic, synth-heavy, sample-laden beast of an album that is not only spiritual and enveloping in nature but also freely available to download here
Radical FaceTouch The Sky EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-apparently this is just a teaser for a themed, behemoth 3-album opus…can’t wait; aka Electric President, Patients RIYL Cloud Cult
DaughtersDaughters (2010, Hydra Head) ♥♥♥½
-blasts of grimy, but somehow melodic noise-core with vocals that will immediately make you miss David Yow; RIYL Jesus Lizard, Big Black
Daniel G. Harmann & The Trouble StartsRisk (2010, Burning Building) ♥♥♥
-as far as i know this is my first foray into Daniel’s music and it yielded mixed results; some tracks meander about in a Death Cab sorta way and others work their way up to the clouds via fragile, melancholic crescendos that make you feel like your heart is going to burst (see the aptly titled ‘Estrella’)…more of the latter please-
Icarus HimselfMexico EP (2010, Science Of Sound) ♥♥♥
-folk-pop with keys, drum machines and indie swagger from the former leader of National Beekeepers Society
Ra Ra RiotThe Orchard (2010, Barsuk) ♥♥½
-we get it, this isn’t Rhumb Line but the fact of the matter is it’s not nearly as sonically dense or rewarding…it feels like a cheap imitation of the recent 80’s revivalism with several songs bordering on the side of ultra-cheesy or plagiarism (see the Vampire Weekend-like ‘Massachusetts’)-
Kristin HershCrooked (2010, CASH) ♥♥♥
-can’t say that I’ve done much swooning since Hersh’s debut solo LP, Hips and Makers, but Crooked is definitely worth a listen if you like your female singer-songwriters to flex a minimalistic, darker side; RIYL Shannon Wright, Nina Nastasia
Blonde RedheadPenny Sparkle (2010, 4AD) ♥♥½
-gone is the signature dissonant indie-rock sound of BR in the 90’s; its since been replaced with a dreamier, if not harmless, variety of trip-hop that I enjoy slightly more than the critically acclaimed Misery Is A Butterfly
Candy ClawsHidden Lands (2010, twosyllable) ♥♥
-ever imagined what it would sound like to drown in a sea of exotic tropical fish?-
Dan ManganNice, Nice, Very Nice (2009, Arts & Crafts) ♥♥♥♥½
-this is as solid as a pop-folk-Americana album can be these days with skin-piercing hooks and melodies around every bend as well as engaging lyrics; RIYL the first couple of Josh Rouse albums, Tom McRae
Everyone EverywhereEveryone Everywhere (2010, Tiny Engines) ♥♥♥♥
-this could serve as an integral part of the imminent return of that mid-to-late 90’s-style emo that really mattered as opposed to watered-down, over-produced dreck of the last 5+ years…sign me up; RIYL Piebald, Knapsack, Promise Ring
PomegranatesOne Of Us (2010, Afternoon) ♥♥♥
-there were moments of beauty and sparsely mixed interludes but this just blended into the background, even after 3 full listens; this is vastly different from the high-energy indie rock of the last album-

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #78

Giant Sandride the rail
(taken from their 2010 release Blurry Blue Mountain)
Tape Deck Mountainp.i.
(taken from their 2011 release Secret Serf EP)
Wow & Flutterthe puget sound
(taken from their 2010 release Equilibrio!)
Sunslittle horn
(taken from their 2010 release Close Calls In The US Space Program EP)
Campfire OKstrange like we are
(taken from their 2010 release Strange Like We Are)
Eux Autresqueen turner
(taken from their 2010 release Broken Bow)
Wires Under Tensionmnemonics in motion
(taken from their 2011 release Light Science)
Tyvekunderwater to
(taken from their 2010 release Nothing Fits)
Retribution Gospel Choirworkin’ hard
(taken from their 2010 release 2)
Daniel Martin Mooredark road
(taken from his 2011 release In The Cool Of The Day)
Sacred Harprappahannock (jr)
(taken from his 2010 release Apparitions At The Kenmore Plantation)
Destroyerchina town
(taken from their 2011 release Kaputt)

“Stay Golden” by the Poison Control Center

Yuck – Rubber

Birds & Batteries- We’re an Industry

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Contest – Twitter/Tumblr Style

A quick note that there is now two new places for you to follow this machine. I’ve finally given in and joined the Twitter revolution. Follow me @btidmatt and you’ll find yourself entered into a contest which includes those 3 beautiful, brand new slabs of wax above – Sarah Jaffe Suburban Nature, The Appleseed Cast Two Conversations and A.A. Bondy American Hearts. If you’ve been downloading the BTID monthly mixes on a regular basis you should know how much I’ve fallen for the sounds of Sarah. When I ordered the vinyl from Kirtland Records they sent me an extra copy so that works out for the lucky one of you. I will be selecting a winner on Black Friday and notifying them via tweet. Good luck, y’all!

Secondly, in case you didn’t already know, you can now follow us on Tumblr. We’ll be using it to profile new vinyl releases with a more deliberate focus on local Philly artists. Posts will be a little infrequent at times unless you represent a band or label and would like to send wax promos. *wink wink, shake shake*

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #77

Eksi Eksokills of the flood tide
(taken from their 2010 release Kills Of The Flood Tide 7″)
Freebassnot too late
(taken from their 2010 release It’s A Beautiful Life)
Telekinesiscar crash
(taken from their 2011 release 12 Desperate Straight Lines)
White Pineswoods
(taken from their 2010 release The Falls)
Banjo Or Freakout105
(taken from their 2010 release 105)
Ten Million Lightsfast asleep
(taken from their 2010 release Ten Million Lights)
British Sea Powerliving is so easy
(taken from their 2011 release Valhalla Dancehall)
Say Hi (To Your Mom)devils
(taken from his 2011 release Um, Uh Oh)
Loch Lomondelephants and little girls
(taken from their 2011 release Little Me Will Start A Storm)
Radical Facethe deserter’s song
(taken from his 2010 release Touch The Sky EP)
Bardo Ponddon’t know about you
(taken from their 2011 release Bardo Pond)
Nik Freitascenter of the world
(taken from his 2010 release Center Of The World)

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